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Monday, October 27, 2003


Haliburton and Dean: A Love Story

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, October 27, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
To Sum Up:

Vice President Cheney, formerly head of Haliburton, and still receiving income from the company, is one of the architects of the war on Iraq which has resulted in billions of dollars of reconstruction contracts to the firm, which uses cheap imported labor from Asia rather than local Iraqis as it makes wildly overpriced estimates for basic tasks like building bridges or gasoline.

Howard Dean may or may not have received a $2000 campaign contribution from someone with the same name as a retired member of the Haliburton board of directors.

Yeah. That's exactly the same thing. And I have a bridge to sell you... built by Haliburton! in the Arizona desert!

im getting some irate emails from the sarcasm-impaired. Let me be explicit. Dean's "ties" to Haliburton are NONEXISTENT. The comparison to the ACTUAL conflict of interest between the Bush Administration and Haliburton makes the absurdity of the allegation clear.


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